Nice People Can Become Rich


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One of the myths that I had about rich people before conducting my Rich Habits Study was that they were unhappy, aggressive, cut throat individuals.

That was how they were portrayed to me, growing up.

However, after interviewing 233 wealthy people, I was left scratching my head because, for the most part, they were among the nicest, kindest, generous people I had ever met.

In Richard Branson’s book, Like a Virgin, there is a section of the book where he is addressing some of the common questions he is asked.

One of those questions was:

Can nice guys finish anywhere but last?

Branson responded that he hated being aggressive and that the culture he fosters at Virgin is to engage with everyone in a positive, inclusive manner, rather than in an aggressive, combative or negative way.

Branson went on to highlight the importance of remaining upbeat, calm and collected when dealing with others – something I recently addressed in my article on Emotions.

Branson, like many of the rich in my study, destroys the myth that nice people can never be successful.

Nice people can finish first, and many do.

People like doing business with people they like.

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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley is a bestselling author, speaker, and media contributor for Business Insider, CNBC and a few other national media outlets.

His Rich Habits research has been read, viewed or heard by over 50 million people in 25 countries around the world.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, CFP, holds a master’s degree in taxation and is President of Cerefice and Company, a CPA firm in New Jersey.
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  1. Thank you so much Tom

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